The BMW X7 May Soon Add Hydrogen Power To Its Electric Models

Sources say the BMW X7 will be sold as an electric but with the added benefit of hydrogen as a range-increasing fuel source.

The BMW X7, the German automaker’s largest and most luxurious member of the X family, has been well-received since it was introduced last year. The Sport Activity Vehicle (SAV), which arrived in showrooms around the world in March of this year, is now reportedly contemplating adding hydrogen power.

According to a Spanish automotive website Motor.es, BMW has been planning on using their years of experience with hydrogen technology together with Toyota, to develop a hydrogen-powered X7 by 2023. BMW’s project reportedly involves having an electric powered X7 with added hydrogen, which would be an alternative power source once the electric power has been consumed. Sources say the X7 will be sold as an electric but with the added benefit of hydrogen as a range-increasing fuel source.

The costs of using hydrogen power aren't low, which is why BMW has reportedly selected the X7 since it's an expensive model and not mass produced like the 2 Series Gran Tourer. The Spanish website also states that the hydrogen-powered X7 would do away with the third row and only include five seats. Although all-electric vehicles have been surging in popularity lately, other automakers are intent on bringing costs down and enhancing applications for future hydrogen platforms.

The BMW X7, a full-size luxury SUV, was first unveiled in October 2018 with sales starting in March 2019. The X7, which is based on the Concept X7 iPerformance shown at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, includes a self-leveling air suspension system, with a double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear suspension. The vehicles can be raised or lowered by 1.6 inches and will automatically lower the car by 0.8 inches at speeds of over 86 mph. The trunk capacity is rated at 11.5 cubic feet, and 75 cubic feet when the seats are folded down.

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All petrol and diesel models include engine particulate filters and adhere to the Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard. The xDrive50i model is sold outside the European markets, while the European markets sell the M50i models.

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